Sir John Lavery was an official war artist during the Great War, painting the fleet, air defences, and munitions factories.

He was dogged by ill health and by the time the Armistice came in November 1918, he was a patient at St George’s Hospital, overlooking Hyde Park Corner. So when all the crowds fanned out on to the streets on Armistice Day, he had a bird’s-eye view that enabled him to paint this informal, impressionist rendering of the scene.

Provenance

Owned by David Croal Thomson in 1919, and possibly later. Between 1919 and 1986 the provenance is unknown. Sold in 1986 at Phillips, London to Brian P. Burns.


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